Still juicing!

I’m halfway through Day 3 and still going strong!

Here is a pic of all the juice I drank yesterday:

[That’s two servings of Mean Green (one with green kale and one with purple), two servings of beet juice (with spinach, broccoli, red grapes and a few other things) and one ‘dessert juice’ made with mango, pear and orange juice.]

Despite drinking all those delicious juices, things got a little hairy at rehearsal last night. I’m singing The Queen of the Night in a production of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ and I may have overestimated my ability to sing this role after going 48 solid hours without consuming any actual food. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the opera, The Queen is one of the most difficult roles in the soprano repertoire. Oddly, it’s also one of the shortest. Queenie only has about eleven minutes total stage time, but those eleven minutes are packed with some crazy fast, stratospheric singing. I’ve performed the role before and I’ve been singing the Queen’s arias for years so I wasn’t anticipating any problems.

Vocally, things were fine, but I did get a little light-headed on top of the dull headache that persisted throughout rehearsal, although that might have as much to do with the fact that there were twelve people screaming their faces off  – aka singing opera – in a rehearsal room the size of a broom closet, than my new found juicing habit. I think my blood sugar must have been too low as well, because my hands were getting shaky (this happens a lot when I go too long without eating) but as soon as I downed a travel thermos full of juice I felt much better.

I was exhausted by the end of the night and fell asleep almost immediately when I got home. I slept really well – eight full hours! – and woke up feeling fantastic, but hungry. I went straight to the grocery store and spent $45 on this:

[Not pictured: the rest of the kale, lettuce and spinach that wouldn’t fit in the bowl.]

I made the equivalent of three Mean Green juices and one carrot ginger juice. I drank one and took the other three with me to rehearsal this morning so I could drink them throughout the day.

My first rehearsal went well and I’m feeling pretty good. I’m on a break now, downing some juice and hoping that I can keep my energy up for another few hours.

Wish me luck!

2 thoughts on “Still juicing!

  1. I’m on board with “dessert juice”. I myself make dessert smoothies (low fat yogurt, fruit, rice milk) on a regular basis, but how do these veggie juices actually taste? I am trying to wrap my brain around drinking fresh veggies as juice rather than the overly sugary juice I am used to.

    hug fall,
    Linds

    • Veggie juice can be really yummy in the right combinations. Add a little green apple, lemon and ginger to a green juice and make even the bitterest kale taste sweet and delicious. You could also just substitute spinach for kale. You can really taste the chlorophyll and believe it or not, that’s not a bad thing. It’s actually super refreshing. I add broccoli (which is also sweet – although the dried out pulp you’re left with smells awful), cucumber (for high water content) and tons of red grapes. Tastes kind of like cold borscht, which doesn’t sound particularly appetizing I know, but I like it. Another new favorite is the carrot/ginger combo. I added half a lemon (peeled) and some celery for bulk. I could go for one those right now as a matter of fact…

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